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Balfour Beatty to close three offices as Nick Pollard takes UK reins

Balfour Beatty is to close three regional offices as former Lend Lease chief executive Nick Pollard steps in to become chief executive of Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK.

Balfour’s Dartford office has advised employees of the proposal to close the facility “due to a combination of insufficient construction activity and a disproportionately high cost base”.

The firm said this could result in a “small number” of job losses and relocations.

Each of the offices employs between 50 and 90 people, with the firm saying it was “too early to confirm” the number of redundancies if the plan goes ahead.

Balfour Beatty said it would explore “all available options for the redeployment of employees” across the business and the group.

Two smaller locations in Rochdale and Doncaster were also deemed to be unsustainable.

The moves follow an internal review announced on 29 April, looking at the viability of 21 delivery units in the regional business.

The three offices collectively account for around 8 per cent of the UK regional business.

Balfour Beatty is also “actively addressing specific operational issues” across a handful of projects in the South-west.

The regional business generated £1.5bn of revenue in 2012.

Mr Pollard will take up the post on 17 June, having left Lend Lease in 2010.

Group chief executive Andrew McNaughton said: “I am delighted to welcome Nick to the team. He has strong operational experience across our industry with existing relationships with many of our key customers.

“Nick’s focus on enhancing performance in mainstream construction, in the UK as well as overseas, combined with his advisory roles for investors and government will be invaluable in bringing fresh ideas to the CSUK business and broaden the skills of the senior management team.”

Mr Pollard commented: “Balfour Beatty is a great company and a strong brand. 

“I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges that trading successfully through tough market conditions always brings to construction companies. 

“It will be a privilege to lead that team and help it build a better and stronger business.”

Mr Pollard has also worked at Skanska and held senior roles with Network Rail, as well as advisory positions with Transport for London, the London mayor’s office, the Department for Business, Information and Skills and the Cabinet Office.

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